Zambian chiefs seek meeting to fix land reform policy “defects”

Zambia’s House of Chiefs wants a national summit to break the impasse on the proposed national land policy. “Our view is that government should call for an indaba to make sure that all 288 chiefs attend, and ample time be given to go through the draft national land policy,” said…

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Zambian chiefs to retain customary land powers

The Zambian government has assured traditional leaders that they will continue to be custodians of customary land under the proposed land reform policy following last week’s stand-off that. “Some chiefs might be worried that the intention of government was to repossess land and strip them of powers to administer traditional…

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Zambian chiefs walk out of land legislation meeting

Zambian chiefs yesterday walked out of a crucial consultative meeting, protesting a proposed revised land law stripping them of powers to administer customary land. Lands Minister Jean Kapata said she was surprised by the decision of the chiefs to reject the draft law after exhaustive consultations with them. “The revised…

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Zambian chiefs to retain land administration powers

Traditional leaders will retain their powers to administer customary land, said Zambian Lands Minister Jean Kapata. Kapata’s statement in the House of Chiefs, a quasi-parliament for local traditional leaders, came amid simmering tensions between government and the chiefs over speculations that chiefs would be divested of their powers to administer…

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